The Queen and her consort embraced the new technology with the same enthusiasm that today’s teenagers have for Facebook. Every regal minutia was faithfully recorded. When the middle classes saw this, they wanted in on the act as well. Throughout the land, professional photographers opened up to cash in on the trend, and people coughed up hefty sums to be immortalized in sepia. It was expensive because a photographic portrait was still a laborious, technical procedure. (Hewitt, Michael. “The Rise and Rise of Family Photographs.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 5 Mar. 2011, www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/mar/05/family-photographs-history. )
Now the term ‘family portrait’ can be for the family that you make for yourself. Go to the mall to pose with Santa and your four best friends; it’s a great way to spend a day. Plus, it is genuinely fun to meet Santa, no matter what your age. Everyone loves even just a little bit of Holiday Cheer.
Exaggerate the phenomena that were the 80’s and 90’s awkward family portraits. Take loud and uproariously funny family photos with the cat, the dog, and all the hairspray and Christmas decor you can muster.
This year, how about giving the gift of memories? To the family, friends, or that co-worker you just really like… We would love to make your memories a bit more tangible!